How to Start Doing What You Know You Should Have Started a Long Time Ago – Part 1

For some time now, you’ve been saying to yourself that it’s time you begin to act on some of the things you’ve wanted to do (let’s call these goals for simplicity).

For example, you’ve been cherishing the idea of writing a novel or of going to the gym to get back in shape or of beginning a savings plan or of launching your business or of going on your dream vacation.

However, despite your best intentions, you still haven’t done anything about those goals. You think about all these goals but haven’t taken any steps forward. One day flows after the next, but you take no action to start your journey.

You kick yourself for not starting; you know you should have done something by now. It’s just that life gets so busy, and you don’t seem to find a spot to fit in a new activity. Plus, you don’t know that you have the energy to handle the additional weight.

The question you must answer is this: How important is it for you to begin taking action on these goals? There’s a two-part answer to this question.

First, based on your thoughts and feelings about these goals, they’re very important. You’ve wanted to pursue them for some time, and they won’t go out of your mind. They keep coming back and coming back. You keep saying to yourself, “soon, soon, soon, …” But “soon” never becomes today.

This brings us to the second part of the answer. Based on your actions, these goals aren’t that important—at least not as important as the other activities currently occupying space in your life.

Other activities have captured your attention and are monopolizing your time. However, if you take a close and objective look at these activities, many of them aren’t as valuable as the goals you’ve wanted to pursue for a long time. They’re just in your face and appear more pressing. Therefore, you give them precedence.

Now, what should you do? There are many things you can do. As a starting point, you must decide whether these goals are truly valuable to you. If so, you must define your “Why.” Why is this specific goal (or activity) important to you? You say you want to do this, but why? No one is forcing you to desire these goals; yet, you’ve been thinking about pursuing them for some time. What’s driving you?

If your reason isn’t strong enough, you’ll keep wishing but never start acting. And if by some stroke of miracle you begin to move, you’ll slack off when your journey isn’t convenient, and ultimately, you’ll stop when the going gets tough.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.